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Poster: Edsel Date: Aug 3, 2011 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live vs the 'tape' of a show .

Never really had a problem with sound at a Dead show, usually nice and clean, and plenty loud enough. Other bands are a different story tho, loud just to be loud, screw the distortion.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Aug 4, 2011 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Live vs the 'tape' of a show .

Very lucky indeed not have been to a bad sounding Dead show. Before the WOS and Pink Floyds' System it was hit or miss w/ sound systems.Being at the sound test at the Cow Palace I was of course impressed w/ the size of the system but in reality that show was a true test and things were out of phase and some instruments were louder than others,today the mix is all cleaned up so if you weren't there you never know the difference.I do think Bill Grahams' house sound was for the most part ok. I do recall many a show not Dead specific here but talking rock the systems varied from muddy to shrill and tinny.I will absolutely agree that all purpose stadiums are for multiple sporting events and not for a days talking to sound guys they can't believe a rock band would shelp so much gear around.All you see today are the suspended arrays that everyone uses.